SUCH a stunning, poignant book! This one explores the anger that can come with a terminal diagnosis, especially as a teenager... and does it so well.SUCH a stunning, poignant book! This one explores the anger that can come with a terminal diagnosis, especially as a teenager... and does it so well. Alice is the kind of character who lets us see the not so pretty parts of her, and there is something so connecting in that. This book will challenge you in so many ways. No, Alice isn't always likeable, but I loved her so much anyway. I rooted for her, even when she was in the midst of her revenge acts.
Even more so, I love the narrative style of this one, not just dual POV between Alice and Harvey, but the shifts between the past in terms of what happens after her diagnosis, and the present, with what happens after she goes into remission. And yet, even with the various angles, this book flows so beautifully, filling in the full picture seamlessly.
And Harvey. Sweet, sweet Harvey. In a YA world filled with cocky badboys, Harvey is almost the total opposite, but just as endearing, if not more. He wears his heart on his sleeve in a lot of ways, and though he's certainly aware Alice is using him, his feelings for her override that. There is just something so amazing about this boy, a guy who knows himself even in the midst of a confusing time, and someone who knows when to say enough and take a step back. Julie Murphy has woven an amazing tale, one that hit me hard in so many ways, and that left me speechless about it for days after finishing....more